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Daybreak: P.A. Staying the Course

Plus the Turkey-Egypt friendship, and more in the news

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A protest in the West Bank this weekend.(Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

• The Palestinian Authority insisted that going to the U.N. Security Council was its best option. Western diplomats semi-privately argue that is it is better than the General Assembly because it will take a lot longer. And much could happen still. [NYT]

• President Abbas explicitly ruled out an independent Palestine in the immediate future. “We are going to the United Nations to attain full membership,” he said. “Let’s not exaggerate.” [CNN]

• The U.S. energy secretary and an Iranian counterpart had fierce words at the opening of a new International Atomic Energy Ageny session. [AP/WP]

• Turkey’s goals include a new alliance with Egypt that would help isolate Israel and Syria, said its foreign minister. [NYT]

• Friedman berates Bibi. Squint, and you can see the outlines of the (less controversial part of the) Walt/Mearsheimer argument about the Israel Lobby. [NYT]

• The two remaining hikers in Iran—who were to be released, then not, then to have their sentences commuted—are still in jail, for now, because the judge is on vacation, or something. [WP]

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Very true about Friedman. He also thinks that he knows better than the Israelis what is best for Israel, even though it’s not him who will be on the receiving end of a bomb, missile or knife if he is wrong.

Lawrence says:

I am impressed with you, Mark Tracy. I’m an othodox Jewish litigator, and active member of the Federalist Society. Every day I read or write partisan legal briefs, and the liberal bias in much of the media (particularly in unattributed pieces of the AP and Routers) is blatant. Attempts to deny it are riddiculous.

Which is why I find your articles so refreshing! I stumbled upon one of your articles (on the J Street dilemna on the statehood thing), liked it, and then read a whole bunch more. I think they are very good indeed. You obviously come from the left or center-left, which, although not my own politics, I can certainly respect. But your analysis is pretty even-handed. You dont casually toss in words like “growing” or “portray” or “claim” only with regard to one point of view. I appreciate that. So many writers who actually think they are being impartial, have no idea how much their subconscious beliefs affect their choice of words. They toss of assertions and charachterizations as though they were hard facts. They seem totally unaware that opinions they take for granted are nowhere near universally acknowledged. (small eg: that the 80s was the “me” decade of greed; only Democrats say that, because Regan was in power. No Republican ever uses that appelation.) So far from what I have seen you are an exception. I look forward to reading your articles.

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